I am listening to an audio book that an online friend gave me, “A Thousand Names for Joy” by Byron Katie. It’s awesome! She intersperses quotes from the Tao Te Ching, but this quote is actually from Katie herself:
“I don’t ever see myself as a spiritual teacher. Of course, you can use me by asking me a question. I answer you. You hear what you think I say, and you set yourself free, or not. I am your projection. I am, for you, no more and no less than your story of me. You tell the story of how I am wonderful, or how I’m terrible. You see me as an enlightened being and make me into an all-knowing guru or faerie godmother. Or you see me as a Pollyanna-ish New Age flake, or simply as a good friend. You give me to you or you take me from you… I know what I am. I know what I’m not.”
If you want to find out more about Byron Katie, click here. As for some thoughts on New Age practices and how they fit with my Pagan spirituality, I wrote an article about it, which you can find here.